Blocking all the things!
|February 14, 2015||Posted by Emily under Interweave's The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, Knitting|
I don’t normally go for internet memes, but “Blocking all the things!” was what went through my head last Tuesday. One of my yearly goals is to finish all of the unfinished projects that I had as of December 31, 2014. So far I’m doing pretty good-and even a lot of the new projects I have started are finished.
Top to bottom, left to right in the picture are:
–“Easy Cowl in Any Gauge” by Ann Norling out of “Have You Any Wool Luxe Sock” in the Scout’s Honor colorway. I have one more skein of this yarn in the color Rage. If she still dyed yarn I’d have more, but sadly it isn’t available any longer.
-A very long skinny scarf my mom crocheted for me out of a Chamomile Connection yarn. I could never figure out how to wear this, so I seamed it up so it is now a big loop. I can loop it three times around my neck for a loose cowl. I’ve already worn it a couple times. The yarn is nice, but it did fade a bit when I washed it.
–Hat/Cowl by Steven Berg from Knit Simple Magazine Winter 2012. This is knit out of Malabrigo, I don’t remember the color. This has been done for over a year, just not blocked (I was wearing it anyway). Blocking it made it a bit bigger which it needed. This was the second time I knit this pattern, and I just recently improvised the same hat out of a worsted yarn. I’d highly recommend this pattern as I’m sure I’ll be knitting it again.
–Sword of Gryffindor Mitts from the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits out of Madeline Tosh DK in the Cove colorway. I have a love/hate relationship with these things. I want to love them and they want to hate me and we met somewhere in the middle…maybe a little closer to the hate side. You can read my notes on Ravelry, but I reknit them multiple times. Even now there’s an error-one lace panel is closer to the thumb than it should be. I wore them the day I sewed the buttons on, but they are not for really cold weather-at least not for me, the lace is too drafty. The buttons are mother of pearl and belonged to my grandmother. I’ll try wearing them again in spring and see if I like them. If not they might end up gifted to someone. Mom is already hinting she wants them.
-This is a hat my mom crocheted for me out of Malabrigo. It too needed to be a bit bigger to be as loose as I like a hat to be. She made this similar to the Hat/Cowl that I like, so you could wear it either way.
–Giftie Slouchy Beanie by Tanis Gray out of an unknown alpaca yarn. I was gifted this yarn a few years ago and hadn’t done anything with it. I’ve been decluttering a lot and it was bugging me that I’ve never figured out what to do with this yarn. I picked a hat pattern and went with it. It actually turned out well-I’d never worked with alpaca before.
I also finished my brown sweater (finally!) and it needs blocked. It has gotten really cold though and it will never dry without a fan. I have a fan, but this old house doesn’t need more drafts than it already has.
If you do not block your knitwear I’d highly suggest trying it. It helps you to shape your knitwear if it didn’t come out at the exact size you were hoping for and if it has lace it really defines the pattern. I don’t have fancy tools for blocking-the picture above is just towels on the counter. The fingerless mitts had a piece of foamcore board under them that I was pinning into, but otherwise, nothing special.